PyX Stakes Claim to Error Recovery for iSCSI
PyX Technologies Inc. this week unveiled an iSCSI platform that the company said is the first to deliver error recovery capabilities previously available only in Fibre Channel architectures. PyX delivers iSCSI server and client software to OEMs and VARs that meets—and exceeds—iSCSI Error Recovery Level Two with full Sync and Steering. “Our ERL2 products allow one to recover failed segments of a transaction, while the full synchronization level that is included allows one to jump ahead in the stream to the next marker to continue the transaction,” said Dennis Burke, PyXs VP of Sales and Marketing. “iSCSI competes directly with expensive Fibre Channel storage architects at less than 10 percent of its cost.
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New Storage Hardware, Software Offerings on Tap at LinuxWorld
Several storage vendors are touting their latest wares in conjunction with the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo held this week in San Francisco. Veritas introduced new agents for its Veritas Cluster Server to increase the availability of IBM DB2, MySQL and Oracle databases in Linux environments, company executives said. Veritas Cluster has been available for Linux for some time, but this is the first time Veritas has offered database-specific agents for the application, said Arya Barirani, senior manager of product marketing at the company. Also at LinuxWorld, Dot Hill Systems demonstrated a Fibre Channel SAN solution for Linux environments. The companys SANnet II FC is being demonstrated in a cluster configuration and with a SAN in the Red Hat booth, company executives said.
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Incompatibility Issues Surface With First 4GB CF Card
Lexar Media Inc. this week introduced its 4GB Compact Flash card, the largest-capacity flash memory card of any format currently available. But consumers should be aware that with the arrival of higher-capacity cards come some potential compatibility problems. One of the problems lies in the physical size of the Lexar card. It is a type 2 Compact Flash card and as such is about two millimeters thicker than the standard type 1 card. Another potential problem lies in the software inside the device being used with the card. Many current and previous products only support the FAT16 file system. This uses 16-bit addresses to access data on the disc and that means there are enough addresses for up to 2G bytes of data. To access over 2G bytes of storage space, devices need to support the FAT32 file system, which doubles the address length and can be used with much larger amounts of storage.
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LightSand Buys SANcastle
LightSand Communications Corp. this week announced its acquisition of SANcastle Inc. LightSand sells equipment that extends Fibre Channel over Sonet networks, while SANcastles equipment sends FC traffic over IP networks. “We end up with a product line that goes from FC-over-Sonet at the high end all the way to Fibre Channel over IP,” said Philip Black, LightSand CEO, adding that the new company will have a broader product line than either Computer Network Technology Corp. (CNT) or Nishan Systems Inc. Black said the deal involved a stock swap among four venture capital firms: LightSands VCs, Fremont Group and Baring Private Equity Partners Asia; and SANcastles backers, Concord Ventures and Genesis Partners.
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